A flight instructor and student were practicing short field landings in a Cirrus SR22 at the airport in Milledgville, Ga. When the airplane was about 20 feet above the ground and on final approach, the airspeed suddenly decreased.
The student pilot applied full engine power. The airplane yawed to the left, then hit the ground short of the runway.
The flight instructor took the flight controls, decreased the engine power to idle, and applied the brakes. The Cirrus hit a taxiway sign, resulting in substantial damage before coming to a stop.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the student pilot’s failure to maintain a proper approach path for landing and the flight instructor’s delayed remedial action, which resulted in a runway undershoot and collision with a taxiway sign.
NTSB Identification: ERA13CA222
This April 2013 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.